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It’s Friday the 13th, a day traditionally associated with bad luck. I’m not a superstitious person. Even if was, any additional ill omens would be gilding the misfortune lily at this point. It would take a cutting edge supercomputer to figure out how many times those little monsters cross my path on a daily basis. […]

Every generation gets the Masque of the Red Death it deserves. Recommended listening: Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (from a 1970 single) Funk don’t come heavier than this.

There are a number of topics I keep meaning to write about yet never manage to get around to actually doing so. One of these is an annotated playlist of the “naughty” pop songs that inspired countless giggle fits during my formative years. I’m talking about tracks where the “double” part of double entendre was […]

I had an ambivalent relationship with spooky stuff as a kid. It was equal parts fascination and terror, and favored bite-sized doses over longer-form material. I didn’t have the patience to read novels or watch a full-length movie, so most of my chills and thrills came from various Scholastic Book Club anthologies, various clip shows, […]

The Fiend Folio was the first Advanced Dungeons & Dragons hardcover I owned, thanks to the local Kay-Bee store marking it down to a quite affordable four bucks. As my initial foray away from the basic D&D box sets, it occupies a special place it my heart and it set the tone of my campaigns […]

Looking back at my RPG purchases from that year, 1989 was apparently “The Year of the Expensive Hardback.” I bought three of the damn things during those twelve months, each one wielding an outsized influence that went beyond the gaming table. While I underwent a good deal of buyer’s remorse over Realm of Chaos and […]

Do K-Tel #18: Modern Dance (1981)

September 26th, 2017

Because of the ominously impending Halloween Countdown, this will be the last installment of this feature until November. That’s kind of a lucky break for me, though, because it also happens spotlight the only K-Tel compilation in my stack that hasn’t yet been discussed. I’m hoping to replenish the reserves during the break. If that […]

A consensual hallucination

September 21st, 2017

“Cliches became cliches for a reason; that they usually hold at least a modicum of truth, and the following cliche is truer than most: You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.” During the second week of my vacation last month, I got drawn into a discussion among friends about […]

Through the rest of the spring and early summer of 1989, I got into the habit of picking up stray issues of White Dwarf from Excalibur’s large inventory of cover-priced back issues. I tended to stick to the ones that included relevant material for Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, but ended up spending more time checking […]

Do K-Tel #17: High Energy (1979)

September 18th, 2017

If you’ve been reading this site, following my twitter feed, or engaged in conversation with me, then you’ll be well aware about my long-standing fascination with the “death of disco.” It was a social-cultural shift wrapped up in musical one, whose impact still echoes through the present day. It was the culmination of multiple interwoven […]

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